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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 7, February 16, 1983 p plan may be illegal; uncil sends it back for work by Rhoda Donkin he city's proposed plan is legally stionable, according to Attorney John Hackett. special session February the City Council acted on his recom- to change the Cs "statutory deficien- council sent the plan to the Planning Com- sion to be reworked over next two months. The which was due expire at the end of was extended by vote to allow for the sion process to be corn- told the council proposed comprehensive does not meet state Ltutory requirements Ise it does not include a circulation study for immediate planning area. said the plan also lacks estimates for future growth and stan- of population and densities for both and "estab- !" districts. some of those are included in the environmental impact Hackett said he the plan itsclf to in- be a conservative " said Hackett. "But I don't want to go to court on this plan and worry about compliance with state law." Hackett said he expects the city to be sued by property owners no matter what the plan finally says, and he wants to be confident of the city's legal position. "Before you go to court, measure twice and cut once," he quipped. City Administrator Leon Kos said the city did not realize information required by state statute could not be provided as part of the environmental impact study. "We thought we had done it properly all along. It was with a lot of thought and pain that we made this deci- sion to remand it back to the Planning Commission," said Kos. Mayor A.J. Culver blamed himself for the decision, made as the council was considering adoption of the plan this month. "The ship has run aground and you have me to blame," he told the council. George Kresovich, at- torney for the owners of the Pickering Farm property, was the only member of the audience who commented on the decission to delay adop- tion of the plan. He argued each of the "missing elements" were already in the plan and said the quesion of its illegality was debatable. According to Hackett's recommended procedure, the plan will be reworked by the Planning Commission and Senior City Planner Anna Rabago. Another public hearing will be held on March 23. The council could adopt the revised plan by the middle of April. While the Planning Com- mission will meet until the plan is finished, the two new city commissions, Planning Policy and Development Commission, will go to work as planned in March. Neither will do any work related to the comprehensive plan. Councilmen Ernie Smith and Dick Mitchell objected to having "lame duck" com- missioners working on the comprehensive plan, but the council voted 5-2 to retain them until it is completed. Councilman Nick Pergakis countered Smith and Mit- chews view calling the com- missioners "dedicated in- dividuals" who wouldn't be affected by the fact they might not be reappointed to a city commission when the council announces the new members at its February 22 meeting. McNae rezone delayed Plans to build a 266-unit apartment complex across the street from Pine Lake Junior High will be delayed at least two months, follow- ing a rezone hearing last week before the King County Zoning and Subdivision Ex- aminer. Hearing examiner Jim O'Conner decided to delay a decision on rezoning the pro- perty to a higher density until property owner Bert McNae Inc. can come up with a bet- ter traffic circulation plan. Developers have asked to change the zoning from RS 15,000, which allows two homes per acre, to RM 2400, which allows up to 18 units per acre. At the hearing, a half dozen property owners with land adjoining the 15-acre McNae parcel complained that their property would be cut off by the development. Art Bun, representing pro- perty owner Marion O'Brien, said the traffic problem had to be solved before the rezone was granted. Hearing examiner O'Con- ner scheduled the next hear- ing for April 26. 8kyport will remain all it Is, If themayor has his way. publicl rpo A.J, is that troversial $1 you a the continua. the recreational to preserve the historical t is very strongly en- site. ned" courased and enha . The Pickering barn While his e should be preserved, will be included ue wrote Culver, but not at council's city expense. He suggested the give the comprehensive plan encourage public use of the old buildings in a "development district," Commission for with necessary safeguards review. mentary'a facade Valley reflects time trends ' Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Valley Elementary been a product of it was opened in was one of several featured in a Life article on the ndous nationwide In school building. 1976 and '78, it two levies in Opened again when the th end population It took the over- Hills. it will be closed n, this time partly of the nationwide declining birth rates because of the in the school dis- rifting toward the School district is ng closing one or elementary schools as enrollment mes. tOUgh it's been a fore- COnclusion all year, the lssaquah School Board ot- ficially voted February 9 to close the school in June. Because the school has no attendance area and all its programs have been re- located, there was little emo- tion or fanfare at the public hearing on the closure. Nego- tiations about moving pro- grams have been hashed out behind the scenes between the administration and parent groups. One mother who showed up to protest the relocation of her child's Language and Learning Disability class was whisked away by PeggY Dynes of the LLD parent ad- visory group. One other parent from The Learning Community showed up to say the majority of TLC parents were hapPY with the program's new location at Issaquah Valley. The actual closing of the school and the related issues of dividing the supplies, books and equipment will be handled by a committee headed by district Operations Director Larry Galloway. He will eventually present the board with recommendations on various ways the building could be used by the district and several other options, including selling or leasing the building or tearing down the building, and holding, leasing or selling the land. During the levy failure years, the building was leased to a parochial school from Kent. He will also give a recom- mendation on repairs to the building. When the school was first opened, it was hailed as a miracle of modern architectire, with its skylights to allow natural lighting. The skylights later proved troublesome, however, when they leaked around the edges in rainy weather. They were eventually covered over in reroofing projects. Except for chronic leaks in the multi- purpose room, the school is in good shape, according to principal Patty Fester. In re- cent years it has slo been newly landscaped and re- painted. The first principal of the school was Stan Volwiler, followed by Dick Williams, who retired as Sunset prin- cipal last year; Larry Grif- fith, now principal of Maywood Junior High; Bob Eine, district personnel administrator; and Bob Koontz, now Sunset prin- cipal. In the future, the school could again be a product of the times. Though growth in the south end of the district has been slow, the develop- ment of Cougar Mountain could once again fill the school with children. "I just see this as a moth- balling," said board member Gary Raid after the vote to close the school. "When that mountain develops, we're go- ing to be glad to have this school." Cou,,ty presents new plans for Timberlake ParK, Planners from King Coun- ty Parks and Recreation will present their plans for Timberlake Park improve- ments Thursday, February 17, at Sunset Elementary at 7 p.m. The 23-acre neighbor- hood park is located between Camp Sambica and Green- wood Point. Timberlake Park is one of the last few projects to be financed with funds from the Forward Thrust bond issue. The county plans to spend about $48,000 to spruce up the heavily-wooded strip of land. According to project ad- ministrator Steve LaCourse, much of the money will be spent grading and clearing a five-car parking area at the south end, improving a road through the middle (to be used for service vehicles on- ly), and building up earth berms on the east side to keep vehicles out. The county also plans to add a few trash cans and pic- nic tables on the beach and lower meadow and a bench to the upper meadow. The garbage will be hauled out along with a wrecked car and several areas will be seeded. The beach will be cleared and new sand added. "The park is intended to he unstructured with grass and tree areas where the local residents can gather for relaxation and the enjoyment of outdoor spaces," reads an information sheet about the project. Twenty-three acres is fairly large for a neighborhood park said LaCourse, but because the area is so heavily wooded it would be hard to police if it attracted a lot of people. Keeping the parking lot small and making only minor changes will keep the area in the spirit of the neigh- borhood, he added. Sambica 0 I/;, Greenwood * Point 4- Applications come in for superintendent's job With less than two weeks left to apply, the lssaquah School District has received 19 "firm" applications for the superintendent's job. At the February 9 School Board meeting, board secre- tary Lorraine Morton said she had received 63 requests for application information since the job opening was listed several weeks ago. Superintendent Cliff Johnson will retire in June. Thirty-five requests came from within the state of Washington and 28 were out of state, with eight from Oregon, five from Montana, four from Idaho and one each from Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida, Nebraska, Illinois, South Dakota and Canada. The number of requests has dwindled to two or three a day now that the deadline is nearing, said Morton. Applicants are required to turn in four documents for consideration: a three-page application with information on education, experience, community activities and affiliations, awards and honors plus four professional recommendations and two character references; a resume, the answers to three essay questions and college placement files. The essay questions ask the candidates to describe their greatest accomplishment and greatest failure as a manager and to tell what they believe are the most significant trends in American educa- tion. The school board also requires the applicant to "describe the system of budget planning and control you would use in a district whose present enrollment is 7000 students and where new housing developments will increase the enrollment sub- stantially in the next 10 years." A brochure sent to can- didates lists 12 general qualifications necessary, ranging from educational requirements o "excellent communication skills," and briefly describes the school system, the community and the nature of the superinten- dent's position. No specific salary is listed except that it will be "commensurate with experience." According to the 1982-83 budget, the superintendent now makes $48,570 per year. Applications will be reviewed by a screening com- mittee with finalists inter- viewed by the School Board throughout the month of March. The board will make a final decision in April. Holiday Inn of Issaquah invites you to listen to the enjoyable music of "KATHERINE" featuring Rick Condera formerly "Promises" LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M.-2 A.M. Daily Luncheon Buffet including salad bar $4.95 Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m. 00QUAH Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421